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Art of Organics April Discovery: DEW

Art of Organics April Discovery: DEW

It’s time for the Art of Organics April Discovery: DEW.  This month has been one of my favorite boxes with Art of Organics!  It truly is such a good box.  In the box this month we are seeing One Love Organics and Live Botanical.  Most people know of One Love Organics if they’ve been in green beauty for a bit, but Live Botanical is a newer brand.  I actually first discovered it almost a year ago and haven’t been able to put it down since!  The products speak for themselves and the founder Carolyn truly is a little creator of skincare treats.

If you aren’t familiar with Art of Organics and this green beauty box, then keep reading as I explain why this box is one to get a hold of.  Their belief is really simple-You shouldn’t have to sacrifice your health for beauty.  I couldn’t agree more!  Their goal is to bring people the cleanest, best, and most luxurious products.  Claire the founder, has always been a beauty junkie and on the quest to purge her own makeup bag, she realized she wanted to share her journey with others and raise awareness.  I noticed instantly after opening the box, the attention to detail.  They name their boxes each month as well as follow a theme.  The card inside describes the products in the box so well and gave directions for application.  The box is $38, with a value of $70+ and features each month 2-4 full size products.  They have high standards for their product selection, such as being cruelty free, organic and non-toxic.  They have more specifics on the ingredients they don’t use here on their website.

On to the review…

Live Botanical AER Aloe and Green Tea Hyaluronic Acid Serum-

This serum is actually not new to me, I had the pleasure of sampling it last summer.  Truthfully, I was so excited after the first use!  It’s unlike any product I’ve used.  I apply it after toning and press it on my face.  It leaves my skin feeling a bit wet but then it absorbs and fills in lines and evens out your whole complexion.  I apply my moisturizer/oil after and then my makeup and love the end result.  My skin is dewy and moist the whole day and doesn’t look haggard.  Am I making sense?  The first ingredient is aloe, which I’m all about-it replenishes the skin and plumps it up.  Overall, the ingredient list is simple, yet the formula so effective.  Perfect for even sensitive skin! You guys need this-it’s fantastic and a staple in my makeup routine!

One Love Organics Skin Dew Coconut Water Cream- 

I was SO excited to try this out!  I’ve heard good things about Skin Dew and couldn’t wait to try it.  Well, let me tell you it lives up to the hype!  First of all I love how it doesn’t really have a scent.  If anything you get a subtle, and I mean subtl scent of fresh coconut but nothing artificial or overwhelming and even then it’s hardly there.  Something I know people who struggle to find a truly scent free product would appreciate.  It looks like a whipped cream in the amber glass jar.  You just want to scoop it up and eat it…but then you realize it’s skincare so you stop yourself!  It feels so soft and silky to the touch but not super thick like butter- definitely lighter.  However, it hydrates the skin like a thicker cream.  I apply it after my serums and love how it makes my skin feel.  It feels perfectly hydrated and not greasy.  I also apply it in the morning after cleansing and love how my makeup goes on after.  My skin feels nourished but not shiny.  If you’re looking for a face cream- this is it!

I would hop on this month’s box soon if you’re thinking about snagging one.  If you haven’t signed up for Art of Organics box you can sign up here!  Don’t miss out on this fabulous green beauty box!  Not only do you get quality products each month but for a steal. You pay $39 each month and get access to some stellar products.  You can sign up for 3 months, 6 months and 12 months!  At 6 and 12 months you start saving.  Also, each month a theme is chosen around the box.

Have you tried any of the products this month?  What are your thoughts?

 

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True Botanical’s Review

Ok, I’ve got another True Botanical’s review up, but this time it’s a video!  I get so many questions on what skincare line is not only clean and effective and so I thought I would share with you all again my top pick!  True Botanicals is safe and actually transforms your skin.  They even have clinical studies to back it up!

Using the most potent ingredients, TB spares no expense when it comes to creating their products.  They care about quality and seeing products that actually perform, while at the same time are safe.  A truly unique company in the green beauty industry.  The scents of their products are some of the best.  Nothing is too strong but smells fresh and real.  Proven results, with clean ingredients-what more could you want?  Oh and I can’t forget to mention that all their products come in frosted glass bottles, can you say luxurious?  Not only do they make skincare products but also some stellar body products.  I tried out the shampoo and conditioner, body wash and lotion and they’re all winners!

TB is also one of the first companies to become Made Safe Certified.  A new certification done by third party testing that ensures toxins stay out of products.  Another exciting piece of news from TB headquarters is their Clear Collection just passed clinical trials against Proactiv+. Making it the go to skincare line for acne.  Most lines dry out your skin in hopes of combatting acne.  But with TB’s Clear Collection it actually kills bacteria that could be causing flare ups and breakouts.  The products create balance in your skin, unlike most acne treatment lines.  Say hello to your new favorite acne skincare line that delivers.  As they say the proof is in the pudding!

Check out the video and let me know what you think! Check out True Botanical’s here!

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Top Natural Face Moisturizers

Top Natural Face Moisturizers

So winter is clearly in full force-at least up here in Seattle and my skin is feeling it.  It always get extra parched this time of year and I tend to find myself searching for some extra face cream or lotion to apply on top of my usual oils.  Creams and lotions do a great job of shielding your skin from the elements and are the perfect product to apply after an oil.  I’ve had a lot of recent questions about which face creams/lotions I would recommend specifically, so I thought I would just do a green beauty round up of my faves.  Some are recent faves and others I’ve been using for a while.  There is something for everyone and every budget.  Keep reading to find your perfect match!

Leahlani Bless Beauty Balm

Bless the beauty balm, where do I start with this one?  Dry skin stands no chance with this baby!  It’s full of organic shea and cocoa butters, as well as cold pressed oils.  It melts right into your skin and leaves behind a beautiful smell of blue tansy and orange blossom and no oily residue.  My skin feels so hydrated!  The perfect companion for dry weather in winter, and in the summer when you’ve spent too much time in the sun.  You only need a little dab for the whole face.  I also love that though it is a balm, it doesn’t feel heavy at all.  I even wear this during the day under makeup and it is great!  Also, I love mixing this with the Kokoleka mask from Leahlani for the ultimate luxe treat. $48 Buy it here!

Kahina Giving Beauty Night Cream

This was the first product I’ve tried from Kahina and it got me hooked.  There’s so many things I like about their night cream.  From the consistency and texture, to the way it sits on my skin.  It just checks all the boxes.  The smell is so mild and refreshing too.  I’m not into super potent smelling skincare, and I think that’s one of the reasons Kahina has always stood out to me.  Their scent is mild and light.  The night cream melts right into my skin and leaves behind no greasy residue.  I love waking up the next morning.  My skin looks even, supple and calm.  This is a must if you have dry skin.  I apply this after my serums.  I even got my mom hooked.  $105 Buy it here!

Ursa Major Golden Hour Recovery Cream-

I recently discovered this cream a couple months ago and have been loving it.  It’s one of Ursa Major’s newest products.  I love Ursa Major’s simplistic approach to skincare.  All their products can be used for both men and woman, smell so mild, and work!  Their Golden Hour Recovery Cream is no exception. This has been the perfect moisturizer to add on top of my oils in the morning and at night for a little extra hydration.  I even used this when we were up in the mountains sledding for the day and it kept my skin feeling so hydrated and protected.  Not only does this cream moisturize but also provide great anti-aging benefits with it’s naturally rich antioxidants.  It seeps into my skin so well, and doesn’t feel greasy.  My hubs has been stealing this from me too-that means it’s good people!  He can be pickier than me at times.  What’s even better is the price tag on this cream, $48!  A steal for a green beauty cream that works and is full of great ingredients! $48 Buy it here!

WELEDA Sensitive Skin Facial Cream-

I discovered this cream five years ago and I still go back to it.  It’s hydrating, gentle on even the most sensitive of skin, fragrance free and so easy to find!  Not to mention easy on the budget.  You can find this at most health food stores as well as Whole Foods.  It comes in a tube form too, which is nice for travel.  It’s heavier than a facial lotion but not quite as thick as a standard night cream.  A great in between facial hydrator for those needing a little more than a facial lotion, but don’t quite want to venture to a full blown cream.  My skin feels so smooth and makeup application is a breeze! $24.50 Buy it here!

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TRUE All You Need Is Me

This is a balm and not a cream.  People often ask what I would recommend if they are used to using a Vaseline product like petroleum jelly(which btw is toxic) and this is the product I suggest.  Not only is it super hydrating and thick but it will protect your skin from some serious elements-especially wind.  With only a handful of ingredients, it’s great for those with sensitive skin that might easily irritate.  It’s even good for relieving minor sunburns.  Put it anywhere you need a little moisture or protection.  I like to use this when I’m in extremely cold climates, and around my nose area in the winter. $35 Buy it here!

OSEA Atmosphere Protection Cream

This is a lighter cream and more of a lotion.  A great option for those still wanting something after they apply their oils, but not wanting a super thick cream.  Especially great for your morning routine and before makeup application.  It has a really light fresh smell and moisturizes but isn’t heavy or greasy feeling.  It instantly settles into the skin and leaves just an overall smooth feel.  It uses seaweed and dermal proteins to protect against pollutants and free radicals in the air.  It’s one of those lotions that I’ve found myself reaching for again and again. $48 Buy it here!

Kahina Giving Beauty Facial Lotion-

I was excited to try out their facial lotion after loving the night cream.  Plus, I’ve had fellow bloggers rave about it too.  Well, they were right!  It’s the perfect day time lotion before makeup application.  It doesn’t feel heavy or greasy, but settles nicely into the skin.  I even applied this after the argan oil at night for a little extra moisture.  It’s not as heavy as the night cream, but hydrating enough for me during the day.  As much as I love oils, I must admit it’s nice to have a good facial lotion.  Especially one that sits so well under makeup.  Wear it by itself or over an oil for even more hydration. $68 Buy it here!

Osmia Purely Simple Facial Cream-

With aloe as the first ingredient, they really keep true to the name on this and keep the ingredients simple.  Just pure ingredients that do the job.  It isn’t a super heavy moisturizer, but not so light that you need to keep applying.  I would apply this before my makeup and it was perfection.  It gave my skin a nice polished look before I applied my foundation, but it wasn’t greasy at all.  Also, a great option for those with perioral dermatitis, as the ingredients are basic and there is a very small amount of oils in it.  This would be great for teen girls just getting into skincare, and the beauty novice who thinks they’ve tried it all. $60 Buy it here!

Kari Gran Three Sixty Five SPF 28 Broad Spectrum Sunscreen-

Yes, you can wear this 365 days a year!  A great sunscreen lotion year round.  This stuff feels like silk on the skin.  It is perfect before applying your makeup.  My foundation literally glides on.  It really acts like a primer as well.  Filling in lines and creating an even surface.  I was so excited when I heard they were coming out with a sunscreen, and couldn’t be more thrilled with the results!  I’m in love with the ingredients too.  Non-nano zinc oxide, with non-gmo red raspberry seed oil are the sun protectants and there is only a handful of ingredients after that.  I couldn’t be more excited to finally find a sunscreen with such quality ingredients and performance! A great option for those wanting a lighter lotion that has sunscreen in it too. $48 Buy it here!

That sums up my green beauty moisturizer top picks!  See any faves?  What are you loving?

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